National Science Week 2020: 5 Fun Events & Online Activities to Do With Your Family

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National Science Week 2020 is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology running from August 15 to 23. Like everything else this year, National Science Week has been affected by COVID-19. Choose from a mix of online and in-person events by local science providers here in the Newcastle & Hunter region. There are lots of fun and learning to be during this week including events and activities hosted by Lake Macquarie City Council and Hunter Innovation and Science Hub.

Get Your Kids to Build a Mini EV Solar Car for Science Week

Saturday 15 – 23 August  | Online | Free | Details

Why you should participate: Get your kids to build a Mini EV Solar Car as part of Science Week. They can design and build their own mini Electric Vehicle (EV) from a kit for prizes totalling $200. With the kit, they can then build the electric vehicle at home – family input is encouraged. You can find support on how to build the vehicle via online videos and instructions on the Hunter Innovation and Science Hub website. The EV Fest has now run for nine consecutive years by the Hunter Innovation and Science Hub and is a fun event for local schools. It is a project-based activity to promote STEM education in a fun and competitive way to local primary and high schools. However, this year with COVID-19, the competition will be virtual instead of in person.

STEAM Education for 3 – 10 Year Olds

Sunday 16 August at 10am  | Online | Free | Details

Why you should participate: Kide Science is proudly presenting an online Facebook live class during National Science Week 2020. This interactive, hands-on session is for children all over Australia who are looking for fun, playful ways to dive into the world of science! No booking required, just tune in to our Facebook live session on Sunday 16 August at 10am.

‘Deep Blue’ Marine STEAM Competition for 3 – 10 Year Olds

Now until August 23 2020  | Online | Free | Details

Why you should participate: Dive into the deep blue and let those creative juices flow this National Science Week! Enter Curious Cubs ‘Deep Blue’ Marine STEAM Competition for a chance to WIN an awesome science pack. Get creative with craft materials, paint and items from around your home and backyard to design and make a marine creature.

Stars and Science at Rathmines – Lake Mac STEAM Week

Friday 14 August  | Rathmines Theatre | 5pm – 9pm | Free but bookings essential due to COVID-19 guidelines | Details

Why you should go: From 5pm there will be free science workshops and activities with stargazing and science films starting as the sun goes down. Curious Cubs will have Pop Up Labs with limited numbers to ensure social distancing. During each session, children will participate in 5 hands-on science activities themed around physics, chemistry and forensic science. Once the sun goes down visitors can meet members of the Newcastle Astronomical Society, ask questions and get a close up look at the stars through telescopes. Bring your own picnic dinner. Coffee, drinks and snacks available at the event.

Steam HQ – Lake Mac STEAM Week

Saturday 15 August & Sunday 16 August | Warners Bay Theatre | 10am – 2pm | Free but bookings essential due to COVID-19 guidelines | Details

Why you should go: Join in a weekend full of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ARTs, and maths) shows, activities and workshops all part of Lake Mac STEAM Week. Enjoy Scienza Viva “Let’s Find Out” Science Shows, Science Storytime, VR Underwater Labs and STEAM Play with Ozobits, Snap Circuits and LEGO® MINDSTORMS®. All activities have limited numbers to comply with COVID safe requirements.

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